— Contact your elected officials through Facebook Town Hall. Did you know Facebook offers a feature called Town Hall? It’s a quick and super easy way to get in touch with your local, state and federal officials. Now, instead of saving contact info online, you can simply open the Facebook app on your smartphone! If you’re using the Facebook app, simply follow the instructions below. If you’re on a desktop or laptop computer, the process is similar (difference noted below). When …

— Alicia Buescher, 64, of Fort Worth has been a nurse practitioner for over 30 years. She’s had a passion for nursing since the age of 16 when she volunteered at a local children’s hospital. “Not everybody knows what they want to do, but I did,” she said. Alicia’s mother-in-law lives in Columbus, a small town between Houston and Austin. On the way to visit her recently, Alicia couldn’t help but notice the lack of medical resources. “The people in these …

— This week the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee held a public hearing for LD 1232, An Act to Require the Secretary of State to Automatically Register Nonregistered Persons Who are Qualified to Vote through Records of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Automatic voter registration does not replace the currently available voter registration system such as going to the City Clerk to register in person, registering through the mail or at the polls on Election Day. The bill provides an additional opportunity …

— They came for sandwiches, potato salad and iced tea, and they came away with a better understanding of AARP Michigan’s legislative agenda for this year. The 2017 AARP Michigan Legislative Luncheon at the colorful Mackinac Room in the Anderson House Office Building on April 18 drew lawmakers and aides from both parties, representing 47 legislative districts. About 90 branded volunteers were on hand for State Lobby Day to help with the festivities and meet with the legislators. Some sat and talked …

— AARP Massachusetts brings you news about scams involving IRS debt collection, the “Can You Hear Me?” scam, ongoing tech support scams, those at risk for investment fraud, and scammers preying on those receiving new Medicare cards. Read more and take heed! IRS Announces Use of Private Debt Collectors The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is now working with private debt collection agencies to recover unpaid tax debts. Scammers could attempt to capitalize on potential confusion created by this new development. Here’s …

— Settlement with LG&E and Kentucky Utilities a Big Win for Kentuckians Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Rate Intervention settlement with LG&E and KU to save Kentuckians $90 million annually – $33.2 million of that for residential ratepayers. In response to Attorney General Andy Beshear’s announcement that the Office of Rate Intervention has entered into a settlement with LG&E and KU, AARP Kentucky released the following statement by volunteer State President Charlotte Whittaker. “The bottom line is this settlement with LG&E and …

— Late night meetings in Washington could mean higher health care costs, especially for older Americans   After the health care bill failed to make it to the floor of the US House of Representatives, leaders in Washington have been meeting behind closed doors to resurrect the bill.  Problem is, they’re making a bad bill even worse. The legislation, called the American Health Care Act (AHCA) drew sharp and widespread criticism for many reasons, including increasing costs for older Americans. The current …

—   The U.S. Senate is considering a measure to deny states the flexibility they need to set up retirement savings options if they so choose. House Joint Resolution 66 repeals an important Department of Labor rule providing guidance to states desiring to work with small business owners to set up retirement savings programs for their employees. AARP Idaho will be hosting Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane to discuss this and other important financial topics through Facebook live. This will be an …

— After a couple of weeks back in their districts for spring recess, members of Congress return to Capitol Hill on Monday, and you will soon start hearing again about shenanigans involving a very dangerous health care bill that many Americans had left for dead. Just before leaving, leaders in Washington held closed-door meetings in an attempt to resurrect the legislation, called the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Problem is, if they get their way, it would make a bad bill …

— From ensuring health care access and affordable utilities to fighting fraud and supporting veterans, AARP Michigan advocates on policy issues that matter the most to Michigan residents age 50 and over and their families. AARP staff and volunteers work on both state and federal legislative issues. In our state legislative advocacy efforts, AARP relies on more than 200 AARP Michigan volunteers, a state office headquartered in Lansing, and our 1.4 million Michigan members. Each year, AARP Michigan publishes its State …